Article on The State of Education, Today
- November 26, 2021
Education means the all round development of a person. It makes an individual responsible, sensitive and a decent human being. It has always been a noble profession. Our ancestors received their learning at gurukuls and ashrams. Even in the recent past, schools were associated with places of worship. But today, education is fast becoming commercialised.
Modern education is merely academic and prepares students to acquire degrees or diplomas in general or specialised fields. There is no stress on the education to uplift the students morally, spiritually and physically. The students do not even get the chance to enjoy games or sports.
Education today has turned into a successful business. As this is the age of cut-throat competition, everyone seems to be a rival here. Students are worried about their uncertain future. Parents want their children to become engineers or doctors. So, they send their children to coaching centres which in turn spend a lot of money on advertisements to tempt their prospective customers. Although, they guarantee sure success in the examinations, their only aim is to mint money.
Coaching centres may be necessary for some students. But, it kills drive, initiative and originality of brilliant students. Most of these coaching centres provide spoon-feeding for average students and they stress on learning by heart. The students, who are weak in a particular subject are completely neglected. Thus, they find proper guidance neither in school, home or coaching centre.
Our ancestors have received their learning at gurukuls and ashrams. Pathshalas were regarded as the place of worship. But the scenario has completely changed now. Today, education has been totally commercialized. Whether its school or college, students have to rush to coaching classes and parents have to shell out a lot of money on them. They don’t rely on classroom teaching. On the other hand, parents’ expectations for their children have increased. They want them to secure highest marks so as to get the highest paid jobs. They want them to become doctors, administrative officers, engineers, etc. For this, they send their children to the most reputed schools; still they are not satisfied with their performance. They want their child to get some extra knowledge to excel in others fields. Thus, craze the for coaching classes has increased.
Another reason for joining the coaching classes is the inferiority complex which children face when they do not go for extra coaching. Although, these so called coaching classes are just like school classes because they too follow group teaching method is used but still parents as well as children think them to be far superior to classroom teaching. They should realize that these coaching classes are no better than a money-making business. The students must pay attention in class and must concentrate more on self-study in order to be successful.